A trip to the United burial ground

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PSV-Eindhoven-vs-Manchester-United (2)After the start to the season and all the reinvention of the side over the summer the performance against Arsenal was about as disappointing as a dry January with Amy Winehouse.

Lethargic, naïve and amateurish. Like a member of fat fighters being de-flowered, United’s midfield were appalling at the Emirates. They were not alone as there are few who can look back on that performance with any sort of pride. An uncharacteristic lack of character.

Undoubtedly the worst way to go into an international break United now need to bounce back. This is easier said then done as Goodison Park has proved a graveyard for United in reason years.

Some say the ghost of David Moyes can be seen roaming the halls late at night, others say that’s only because David has nowhere else to go.

United need to respond, especially if they want to challenge for the title this season. Victory against Everton away is a significant statement and definite sign of progress. Defeat leaves us back at square one and Louis Van Gaal back in the spotlight.

Manchester United team news

Van Gaal revealed at his press conference concrete information about the latest injuries after a week of speculation.

Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera are back from injury, but may not be fit enough for a full 90 minutes.

Wayne Rooney was a doubt, after the England international missed training on Monday but to the groans of many he will be back for his regular absence at Everton.

Everton team news

Everton defenders John Stones and Seamus Coleman are expected to return after overcoming knee and hamstring injuries respectively.

Tom Cleverley and Steven Pienaar should also be fit and Kevin Mirallas is available after suspension.

Key men

Off the back of being a total waste of money and a panic buy Anthony Martial has picked up the Barclays Premier League player of the month award. The young forward has been nothing short of exceptional this far and is incredibly exciting for the future.

United do need him to do a job now though. With Wayne Rooney being worse than many have ever seen him, Martial needs to be firing on all cylinders. The Frenchman needs to fill the enormous boots left by Robin Van Persie, Radamel Falcao and to an extent even Rooney.

With the midfield also a bit of a mess United will be relying on their substitutes to step up. Therefore Ander Herrera will be given an opportunity to stamp a claim for a place in United’s starting eleven.

Off the back of an impressive first season the Spaniard has yet to live up to his high standards. With United’s midfield in need of some energy, Herrera could step up and fill the void.

Predicted starting XI

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